You’ll find a busy calendar of events, like the Cornbury Music Festival, in and around the city
in summer. But when the sun’s shining it’s a wonderful place to simply explore at your own
pace. Why not take a trip down the river and enjoy the sights?
Culture and heritage
Oxford’s historic landmarks are known around the world. The world-famous University of Oxford boasts magnificent architecture, making the city a popular destination for visitors from around the globe.
Trains to Oxford run regularly from a number of stations including Reading and London Paddington. As car parking in Oxford is notoriously difficult, bike is probably the best way to see the city and get the most out of your trip.
Food and drink.
There are plenty of great places to eat in Oxford, suiting almost all tastes and budgets. For an experience with historical links, head to The Grand Café on the site of England’s first coffee house established in 1651. For fine dining, try the Old Parsonage Hotel, with its links to the famous writer Oscar Wilde.
Sport and outdoors
Oxford may be known around the world for its university boat race team, but the city has far more to offer in terms of sporting activities. Oxford United is the biggest local football team, but if you’d rather be active yourself, why not hire a bike or a rowing boat and see the city in a different way?
Music and nightlife
Love live music or fancy a night on the town? Oxford’s a great place to do it. You can catch big name bands and artists at venues like the O2 Academy, or head to the Jericho Tavern where you can enjoy a beer while seeing the next big thing perform.
Created in 1772, Oxford Covered Market offers a lively mix of small shops selling everything from handmade hats and gifts to Oxford sausages. Or for even more choice, try the High Street where you’ll find a wide range of unique boutiques, antique, book and gift shops.
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